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November 4, 1520: Am I Alone Wise?

Luther: In Real Time

Ligonier Ministries

Religion & Spirituality, Christianity, History

4.92K Ratings

🗓️ 4 November 2020

⏱️ 9 minutes

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Is the whole church in error, except for Martin Luther? Standing alone on the authority of Scripture, Luther asks Christian dukes and princes to take their stand with him against the pope. Today, go back to November 4, 1520, to hear how Emperor Charles V responds to Luther's appeal.

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Cologne, Germany, November 4th, 1520.


Emperor Charles 5th, whose coronation was only 12 days earlier, has a pressing question on his mind.


How do you solve a problem like Martin? The Emperor is in Cologne to discuss the question with Frederick the Wise, Luther's


protector, who is currently unable to leave the city due to a bad case of gout. Emperor Charles, just 20 years of age, has power beyond imagining.


His rule in Europe includes the Holy Roman Empire extending from Germany to Northern Italy,


including direct rule over the Austrian hereditary lands and the Burgundian Low countries


and a unified Spain with its southern Italian kingdoms of Naples, Sicily and Sardinia.


He also has the power to do what he wills with a stubborn Augustinian monk by the name of Martin Luther.


Just a few months previously, 100 armed noblemen had banded together,


pledging to defend Luther and Germany against the Pope and a corrupt church.


They have condemned innocent blood, but the Lord Our God will render to them their


iniquity and destroy them in their malice. Let us vindicate the common liberty. Let us liberate the oppressed fuzzerland.


Luther condemned the threat of violence,


but the temperature had been rising steadily


ever since the Papal bull against him had been issued.


As he sits alone in his small room, the voices of his critics keep reverberating in his mind.


Are you the only one that knows anything?


Except for Luther is all the church in error?


Luther often asked himself the same question.


Am I alone, wise?


Am I?


Am I?


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