Joseph Fiennes playing Martin Luther in the 2003 movie, Luther, reenacts the famous statement given to the Diet of Worms in 1520.

One of the most famous statements of the Reformation, and the boldness that it took when he faced possible death.  Yet he stood with Christ and stood against error.  Not a perfect man, but a man who recognized where true authority lies.

Since your most serene majesty and your high mightinesses require of me a simple, clear and direct answer, I will give one, and it is this: I can not submit my faith either to the pope or to the council, because it is as clear as noonday that they have fallen into error and even into glaring inconsistency with themselves. If, then, I am not convinced by proof from Holy Scripture, or by cogent reasons, if I am not satisfied by the very text I have cited, and if my judgment is not in this way brought into subjection to God’s word, I neither can nor will retract anything; for it can not be right for a Christian to speak against his country. I stand here and can say no more. God help me. Amen

Amen.

Video HT: Kansas Bob

6 comments
  1. You haven’t lived until you’ve been forced to sit through the three hour Nial McGinnis version year after year after year, like we were at Lutheran parochial school!

    Luther’s “Here I Stand” speech in that movie was one of the most monumental pieces of overacting I’ve ever seen. But despite having seen it so many times and with all its flaws, in some ways it’s even better than this version.
    .-= Bob Waters´s last blog ..Bears 30, Browns 6 =-.

  2. You haven’t lived until you’ve been forced to sit through the three hour Nial McGinnis version year after year after year, like we were at Lutheran parochial school!

    Luther’s “Here I Stand” speech in that movie was one of the most monumental pieces of overacting I’ve ever seen. But despite having seen it so many times and with all its flaws, in some ways it’s even better than this version.

    Here’s the scene on You Tube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xQsCtpcj_E
    .-= Bob Waters´s last blog ..Bears 30, Browns 6 =-.

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