Martin Luther: The Preservation of the Church, 1532-1546

By Martin Brecht; James L. Schaaf | Go to book overview
Save to active project

Renewed Strife with
Old Opponents


The Reformation also continued to spread in territories that were governed by Catholic rulers. In them the usual practice of communion, giving only bread and not the cup, could become a matter of conscience for the evangelicals. In August 1532 Luther unmistakably informed the councilman and mine owner Martin Lodinger in Gastein, Austria, that he dare not take part in this sort of sacramental practice. Either he had to refrain from communing or he would have no choice but to emigrate.1 Lodinger was not the only one confronted by this problem.

Comfort and Protest in the Face of Persecution

Despite considerable pressure from the government, the number of adherents to the Reformation in Ducal Saxony also grew. Residents of Leipzig went to listen to sermons and receive the Lord’s Supper in the nearby villages of Electoral Saxony. On orders from Duke George they were placed under surveillance and interrogated by the Leipzig council. Fourteen citizens who were unwilling to return to the old faith were expelled in September 1532. An additional nasty trick was to refuse them a certificate of dismissal with its testimonial of good conduct, which was important in order for them to resettle in another location. Luther comforted the exiles in this situation with a letter. He presumed that the reason for this increased persecution was Duke George’s anger over the recently concluded Religious Peace of Nuremberg. This was incorrect; the measures had already been initiated during Lent. The circumstances convinced Luther: “There will be no peace until the Lord himself comes and topples the enemy of peace.” He was convinced that God was the God of those who were oppressed and suffering, not of the proud. He thought that the duke’s heart was hopelessly hardened.2 When the Leipzig preacher Johann Koss suffered a stroke in the pulpit on 29 December 1532 while attacking Luther and shortly thereafter died, Luther viewed it as a manifest sign of God’s judgment.3


Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Cite this page

Cited page

Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
Martin Luther: The Preservation of the Church, 1532-1546


Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen
/ 511

matching results for page

Cited passage

Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?