Martin Luther: On the Folly of ‘Apologetics’ and the Misery of the Gospel’s Opponents

For this reason we must note that if we do not uphold the Gospel with its own strength, but rather with our own resources, all will be lost, so that no matter how well we defend it, it will crumble to pieces.  Let us have no anxiety that the Gospel needs our help.  It is sufficiently strong of itself, and may be committed to God alone, whose it is.

Hence it is a poor and miserable thing that this rabble of sophists opposes it.  For what do these poor bats hope to accomplish with their petty flappings?  Let them come!  By the grace of God they have no true learning.  In all these things there is no better counsel than to preach the Gospel simply and purely, praying God that he will direct and lead us.  – Martin Luther ‘Sermon on Faith and Good Works’  (WA 10/3 s. 354).

Well said Martin, well said and truly.  The Gospel doesn’t need our defense and the flapping bats who oppose it accomplish nothing at all anyway.

3 thoughts on “Martin Luther: On the Folly of ‘Apologetics’ and the Misery of the Gospel’s Opponents

  1. irishanglican ~ Fr. Robert 27 Nov 2010 at 7:14 pm

    Good old Dr. Luther, he is perhaps (as I have said elsewhere) one the best theologians that the Church does not really read. At least indepth, sadly. Btw Jim, have you read Martin Luther’s Theology: Its Historical and Systematic Development, by Bernard Lohse?


    • Jim 27 Nov 2010 at 7:37 pm



  2. Emerson Fast 28 Nov 2010 at 9:26 am

    Hopefully someone with a brain and a good grasp of theological history will publish a volume or two on the insanity of apologetics.


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