Reading the Bible Through
God once spoke through the mouth of an ass....I am bound, not only to assert, but to defend the truth with my blood and death. I want to believe freely and be a slave to the authority of no one, whether council, university, or pope. I will confidently confess what appears to me to be true, whether it has been asserted by a Catholic or a heretic, whether it has been approved or reproved by a council.
Martin Luther, When accused of spiritual pride in elevating his own opinions over those of the Church
[I cannot recant] unless I am convicted by Scripture and plain reason. I do not accept the authority of popes and councils, for they have contradicted each other—my conscience is captive to the Word of God...[and] to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. God help me.
Martin Luther, When ordered to recant at the Diet of Worms
You cannot "hold on" to the truth unless you know what the truth is.
D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones