December 4, 2021

Eric Metaxas, "Martin Luther"

... Luther also put forward the idea that to truly be a part of the church of Jesus Christ was inevitably to enter into a spiritual battle. He was keenly aware that before Emperor Constantine made the Roman Empire officially Christian in the fourth century, the Roman state had murdered men and women for their faith, but he believed that suffering and battling nonetheless continued throughout the ages, until the day of Christ's return.  And he believed that now this battle must be fought within the church against those who would pervert God's doctrines and the deeper meaning of God's Word.  Such enemies had formerly been outside the church, but now they were inside it and had gained leading positions in it.