Something to forgive

Luther and Melanchthon 1

Martin Luther’s close friend was Philipp Melanchthon, author of the Augsburg Confession. Melanchthon was a cool man where Luther was fervid, a scholar as opposed to a doer, and he continued to live like a monk even after he had joined the German Reformation . . . One day Luther lost patience with Melanchthon’s virtuous reserve. “For heaven’s sake,” he roared, “why don’t you go out and sin a little? God deserves to have something to forgive you for!”

–Phyliss McGinley

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