Years ago I was listening to a tape of someone lecturing on Luther, and he gave a quote that I copied down. He did not give a reference, and I don’t even remember who it was. But the quote went like this:
If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest expression every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ however boldly I may be professing Christ. Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved, and to be steady on all the battlefield besides, is mere flight and disgrace, if he flinches at that point.
I decided to see if I could find a real source for the quote, since I have Luther’s works in my Libronics library. Ironically, I only found two other folks citing the same words–without attribution. So, I can’t prove Luther said those words (anyone want to bet one of our readers will turn it up, if it is genuine?), but whoever said them was right. A great thought.