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“I understand that this is the week for the church collection, and many of you do not want to give a thing.  You ungrateful people should be ashamed of yourselves. . . . I am sorry I ever freed you from the tyrants and the papists.  You ungrateful beasts, you are not worthy of the treasure of the gospel.  If you don’t improve, I will stop preaching rather than cast pearls before swine.”

Martin Luther, exhorting his congregation, according to Roland Bainton, Here I Stand (New York, 1950), pages 351-352.


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8 thoughts on “I wouldn’t recommend this”

  1. Burl says:

    I am reminded of Stephen preaching to the crowd that was getting ready to stone him and also thinking I need to read more of Martin Luther’s sermons!

  2. Wes Weber says:

    THAT was funny. Good ol Luther, gotta love him.

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Ray Ortlund is senior pastor of Immanuel Church in Nashville, Tennessee, and serves as a Council member with The Gospel Coalition. You can follow him on Twitter.

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