Friday, September 2, 2011

A Voice from the Past - Martin Luther

To make the way smoother for the unlearned -- for only them do I serve -- I shall set down the following two propositions concerning the freedom and the bondage of the spirit:

A Christian is a perfectly free lord of all, subject to none.
A Christian is a perfectly dutiful servant of all, subject to all.

Martin Luther, 1520, The Freedom of a Christian (Three Treatises, Fortress Press, 1970, p. 277)

Is this correct? What does it mean? How do the two statements fit together?


  1. We are only free if we are free from selfcenteredness.

    Having to comment again because word verification disliked my entry.

  2. I agree and that is the only freedom really worth having.