These words were supposedly spoken by Martin Luther at the Diet of Worms in 1521. Many historians believe they were actually a part of his defense. For certain he did say, “My conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and I will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. God help me. Amen.”
Luther set great store in the promises of God. As a monk, they did not pay attention to the promises of God and when he left the cloister he was excited that he could believe in those promises. Made me think of the great old song I sang in days gone by, “Standing on the promises of God.” If Luther was standing on the promises of God I want to take my stand right beside him. I want my heart to be captive to the Word of God, to rely on it for every decision I make and to rest in the knowledge that he will do everything for me he has said.
Like Luther, my hope is in the grace of God that appeared in the person of Jesus and extended to me as a gift from the cross. Here I stand, I cannot do otherwise. I am a sinner saved by the blood of Jesus that continues its saving power every day of my walk as a child of God. I stand on that blood. I stand on that sacrifice, that death, that resurrection.
I stake everything on the Word both living and written. I stake everything on the indwelling of the Spirit who brings the word to life within me and guides me in the perfect way. I’m not a reed waving in the wind as John the Baptist said, as Luther said. I’m standing straight up on the Word of God. I will not do otherwise, God help me. Amen.