Soliman - Luther
Rome, having got rid of the reformer, thought the heresy was at and end. But in a short time everything was changed. Death removed from the pontifical throne the man who had put Luther under the ban of the Church. Disturbances occurred in Spain, and compelled Charles to visit his kingdom beyond the Pyrenees.
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About the same time, the vessel of the Reformation, which, driven in every direction by contrary winds, was on the verge of foundering, righted itself, and floated proudly above the waters.
It was in the convent of the Augustines at Wittenberg that the Reformation broke out. We ought not to feel surprise at this: it is true the reformer was there no longer; but no human power could drive out the spirit that had animated him.
JHMD DHR BOOK 9 CHAPTER 2 BOOK 9 CHAPTER 7 page 0326 paragraph 6 The new prophets, pretending to walk in the footsteps of those of old, began to proclaim their mission: "Woe! woe!" said they; "a Church governed by men so corrupt as the bishops cannot be the Church of Christ. The impious rulers of Christendom will be overthrown. In five, six, or seven years, a universal desolation will come upon the world.
No ungodly man, no sinner will remain alive; and after the earth has been purified by blood, God will then set up a kingdom; Storch will be put in possession of the supreme authority, and commit the government of the nations to the saints. Then there will be one only faith, one only baptism. The day of the Lord is at hand, and the end of the world draweth nigh. Woe! woe! woe!" Then declaring that infant baptism was valueless, the new prophets called upon all men to come and receive from their hands the true baptism, as a sign of their introduction into the new Church of God. Hit 3078
JHMD DHR THE PROTEST AND THE CONFERENCE. 1526-1529. BOOK 13 CHAPTER 1 page 0503 paragraph 8 Thus they escaped from their difficulty by a middle course; and this time it was really the true path. Each one maintained his rights, while recognizing another's. The diet of 1526 forms an important epoch in history: an ancient power, that of the middle ages, is shaken; a new power, that of modern times, is advancing; religious liberty boldly takes its stand in front of Romish despotism; a lay spirit prevails over the sacerdotal spirit. In this single step there is a complete victory: the cause of the reform is won.
JHMD DHR THE PROTEST AND THE CONFERENCE. 1526-1529. BOOK 13 CHAPTER 1 page 0503 paragraph 9 Yet it was little suspected. Luther, on the morrow of the day on which the recess was published, wrote to a friend: "The diet is sitting at made an incursion into Hungary, Charles, thus attacked on all sides, was forced to forget
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this prince and Francis I, and as if that were not enough to occupy the emperor, Soliman the monk of Worms and his religious innovations. The Turk will seize upon Germany; all the priests will be put to death, even those who are married.
Spires in the German fashion. They drink and gamble, and there is nothing done except that." "Le congres danse et ne marche pas," has been said in our days. Great things are often transacted under an appearance of frivolity, and God accomplishes his designs unknown even to those whom he employs as his instruments. In this diet a gravity and love of liberty of conscience were manifested, which are the fruits of Christianity, and which in the sixteenth century had its earliest if not its most energetic development among the German nations.
JHMD DHR THE PROTEST AND THE CONFERENCE. 1526-1529. BOOK 13 CHAPTER 1 page 0503 paragraph 10 Yet Ferdinand still hesitated.
JHMD DHR THE PROTEST AND THE CONFERENCE. 1526-1529. BOOK 13 CHAPTER 7 page 0536 paragraph 6 Erelong a greater agitation eclipsed all these rumors, and events which threatened the whole evangelical body, proclaimed its great and intimate union with new force. The emperor, it was everywhere said, exasperated by the Protest of Spires, had landed at Genoa with the pomp of a conqueror. After having sworn at Barcelona to reduce the heretics under the power of the pope, he was going to visit this pontiff, humbly to bend the knee before him; and he would rise only to cross the Alps and accomplish his terrible designs Behold the hour of Christ's agony and weakness. Let us pray for all those who will soon have to endure captivity and death."
JHMD DHR THE PROTEST AND THE CONFERENCE. 1526-1529. BOOK 13 CHAPTER 7 page 0536 paragraph 7 Such was the news that then agitated all Germany. The grand question was, whether the Protest of Spires could be maintained against the power of the emperor and of the pope. This was seen in the year 1530.