Wednesday, October 03, 2007

#2135-To the Council in Freiberg

Grace and peace in Christ. Honorable,perceptive dear Lords and good friends! Mr. Hieronymous Weller has indicated to me what honor and friendship he has experienced by you which makes me happy for the good man from the heart and happy to hear it especially as he is a son of your city. I also hope, as I reported, that you will further prove your love and favor with him; since he is a faithful,pious,settled and learned man, we have also urged, as he has come so far, that he should now continue and become a Doctor of Theology to which we want anew and faithfully help him toward; it is apparent that it would be helpful for people and yet needed that there are those who stand at the point and strive against the divisive spirits (Rottengeister)and few in all positions there are who such matters and practices consider or help educate and support people. And now it is a golden time in which one can richly, also easily instruct and educate his people; who knows what is going to happen next. It says (2Cor.6:2): Tempore placito exaudivi te,et in die salutis adjuvi te.(In an acceptable time I have heard thee and in the day of salvation I have helped thee.)Therefore you would do well to help and accept such people for the sake of supporting the suffering,poor Gospel. Christ our dear LOrd strenthen and preserve you according to His very best will to the praise and glory of God the Father,Amen. Sunday after Barnabas (13 June)1535. Martinus Luther,D.

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