The Passion of Martin Luther
For Luther then, the great theological point was the centrality of Christ, was the presence of Christ amongst His people to save His people from their sins. He wanted a people who knew the Bible – Sola Scriptura “the Bible alone”. He wanted a people that rested in Christ’s finished work – Christ alone. He wanted a people who trusted that Christ and found that in the trust they had for Christ was their salvation – that‘s faith alone. And he wanted them to recognize that even the gift of faith was from God, not from them – that’s by grace alone. That was the passion of Luther’s heart and that’s why Luther would say, “I’m not that worried about all these externals” – the exact words of the mass, the exact decoration of a church. Let’s not get hung up on those things because if we get hung up on those things, it’s going to detract from Christ. That passion of Luther is something that you feel on almost every page that you read of Luther.