A Return to Original Foundations
We teach nothing new. We teach what is old and what the apostles and all godly teachers have taught, inculcated, and taught before us. (What Luther Says - para 2689)
Conserving the Good of the Past
The chief reason why we observe...festivals is that the ministry of the Word may be preserved, so that people may come together on certain days and at certain times in order to hear the Word, to learn to know God, to partake of Holy Communion, to pray together for all their needs, and to give thanks to God for all His benefits, both bodily and spiritual. And I believe that for this reason, above all, the fathers' instituted the observance of the Lord's Day, Easter, Pentecost, etc. (What Luther Says - para 2691)
FAITHLESS FRIENDS WORSE THAN FURIOUS FOES
Our church will not be endangered as greatly by the oppressive measures of tyrants as by the indifference of our own people. (What Luther Says - para 2714)
"If the article of justification is lost, all Christian doctrine is lost at the same time...for there is no middle ground between these two righteousnesses; the active one of the Law and the passive one which comes from Christ. Therefore the man who strays from Christian righteousness must relapse into the active one, that is, since he has lost Christ, he must put his confidence in his own works.
(What Luther Says, p. 702, para 2194).
To pray aright is a very difficult task and the art supreme. It is not so because of the words of the mouth. But for the heart to be able by itself to conclude with certainty and assurance that it may step before God with complete confidence and say; "Our Father" - that is a task.
(What Luther says - para 3477 - pp. 1088)
When you call upon Jesus Christ and say: O my dear Lord God, my Creator and Father, Jesus Christ, Thou one eternal God, you need not worry that the Father and the Holy Spirit will be angry on this account. They know that no matter which Person you call upon, you call upon all three Persons and upon the One God at the same time. For you cannot call upon one Person without calling upon the others, because the one, undivided divine Essence exists in all and in each Person. Conversely, you cannot deny any Person in particular without denying all three and the One God in His entirety, as I John 2:23 says: "Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father."
(What Luther Says - para 3454, pp. 1082)
Although a rascal, a godless and unbelieving person, takes or gives the Sacrament, he takes or gives the true Sacrament, that is Christ's body and blood, just as truly as he who administers and receives it most worthily, so long as the Sacrament is celebrated as Christ has instituted and commanded it and the words of Christ are spoken. For the Sacrament is not based on the holiness of men but on the Word of God. And just as no saint on earth, yea, nor any angel in heaven, can make Christ's body and blood out of the bread and wine, just so no one can alter or change the essence of the Sacrament, even though it is misused. For the Word by which it was instituted and made a Sacrament does not become false because of a person's unbelief. For He does not say: If you believe or are worthy, you have My body and blood, but Take, eat and drink, this is My body and blood (Matt 26;26ff). (What Luther Says - pp. 795, 796, para 2473)