In honor of Reformation Day, I thought we should hear the voices of three of the most well-known reformers.  When these quotes are considered through the sieve of ministry to politicians, they take on an interesting, urgent tone.

Ulrich Zwingli (1484 – 1531)

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Ulrich Zwingli (Zurich)

We cannot but admit that not even the least thing takes place unless it is ordered by God. For who have ever been so concerned and curious as to find out how much hair he has on his head? There is no one. God, however, knows the number. Indeed, nothing is too small in us or in any other creature, not to be ordered by the all-knowing and all-powerful providence of God.

 

John Calvin (1509 – 1564)

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John Calvin (Geneva)

For there is no one so great or mighty that he can avoid the misery that will rise up against him when he resists and strives against God.

No man is excluded from calling upon God, the gate of salvation is set open unto all men: neither is there any other thing which keepeth us back from entering in, save only our own unbelief.

There is no worse screen to block out the Spirit than confidence in our own intelligence.

 

Martin Luther (1483 – 1546)

Peace if possible, truth at all costs.

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Martin Luther (Wittenburg)

People must have righteous principals in the first, and then they will not fail to perform virtuous actions.

Peace is more important than all justice; and peace was not made for the sake of justice, but justice for the sake of peace.

 

The will is a beast of burden. If God mounts it, it wishes and goes as God wills; if Satan mounts it, it wishes and goes as Satan wills; Nor can it choose its rider… the riders contend for its possession.

You are not only responsible for what you say, but also for what you do not say.

You should not believe your conscience and your feelings more than the word which the Lord who receives sinners preaches to you.

As we take our place in the stream of church history, may we commit to sharing truth with those in power.  Happy Reformation Day!