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Chapter 8: Luther Before the Diet


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1. The German Empire of this period was a confederation of states, of which Saxony was one. The elector of Saxony might be compared with a governor of one of our States.

2. For what purpose was the diet, or assembly, called in 1521? What question was of the greatest interest? What classes of people formed the personnel of the council? 145:2 [168:1]

3. The first issue between the opposing parties was over the appearance of Luther at the diet. What reasons led the papal legate to oppose, and why did Luther and his friends work to secure his appearance? Who won in the first skirmish over this issue? 146:1-2 [168:1-169:1]

4. Given the opportunity to accuse Luther in his absence, how did Aleander defeat his own purpose? 147:1 [169:2]

5. Having influenced the emperor to permit him to present his cause before the diet, on what two counts did Aleander present his appeal against Luther?(1.) 148:1 [170:1]; (2.) 148:2 [170:2] What lesson for our time may be drawn from this method of attack? 148:3,4 [170:3-171:1]

6. With the prevailing sentiment against Luther, who was used of God to direct the minds of the assembly from him to the abuses of Rome? What was the effect of his speech? 149:2,3; 150:2,3[171:2-172:1; 172:3,4]

7. What part did the angels of God act in this drama? 150:2 [172:3]

8. What was the advice of Luther’s frien175:2ds at Wittenberg and along the way to Worms? What was the spirit of Luther’s reply

to their entreaties? 150:5-151:2; 153:1,2 [173:1-3; 175:2,3]

9. What wily plot was laid to induce Luther to turn aside from his purpose? 153:2 [175:3] Had Luther accepted this invitation he would have been delayed until the time his safe conduct had expired, even had he succeeded in reaching the council.

10. In the controversy with Rome, of what significance was the appearance of Luther before the diet? 155:1 [177:3]

11. How did he spend the time of recess, and with what result to himself? 156:2-157:2 [179:2- 180:2]

12. Into what three classes did he divide his writings? What was his statement regarding each before the diet? 158:3 [181:2]

13. What memorable words concluded his address? 160:2 [182:4]

14. How far-reaching was the influence of Luther’s courageous [20] stand for truth? 166:3 [189:2]

15. What terms of the emperor’s edict seemed to render the cause of the Reformation hopeless? 167:3 [191:2]

16. How did the year of Luther’s enforced seclusion accomplish more for the cause of truth than would the same time if he had had his freedom? 168:1-3 [191:3-192:2]