Luther: The Ears of Our Generation

“The ears of our generation have been made so delicate by the senseless multitude of flatterers that, as soon as we perceive that anything of ours is not approved of, we cry out that we are being bitterly assailed; and when we can repel the truth by no other pretense, we escape by attributing bitterness, impatience, intemperance, to our adversaries. What would be the use of salt if it were not pungent, or of the edge of a sword if it did not slay? Accursed is the man who does the work of the Lord deceitfully.”

– Martin Luther, Concerning Christian Liberty (p. 2)

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