The last quote in this series is another from Eric Metaxas’ Martin Luther: The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World (which I managed to finish reading on this 500th anniversary of the Reformation 🙂 ). This is a quote from Luther himself, in response to those who were trying to make reforms too quickly and by using force:
Do not suppose that abuses are eliminated by destroying the object which is abused. Men can go wrong with wine and women. Shall we then prohibit wine and abolish women? The sun, the moon, and stars have been worshiped. Shall we then pluck them out of the sky? Such haste and violence betray a lack of confidence in God. See how much he has been able to accomplish through me, though I did no more than pray and preach. The Word did it all.