Martin Luther, speaking to
the councilmen of the cities in Germany encouraging them to establish and
maintain Christian schools.
"In proportion then as
we value the gospel, let us zealously hold to the languages. For it was not
without purpose that God caused his Scriptures to be set down in these two
languages alone--the Old Testament in Hebrew, the New in Greek. Now if God did
not despise them but chose them above all others for his word, then we too
ought to honor them above all others. ... And let us be sure of this we will
not long preserve the gospel without the languages. The languages are the
sheath in which this sword of the Spirit is contained; they are the casket in
which this jewel is enshrined; they are the vessel in which this wine is held;
they are the larder in which this food is stored; and, as the gospel itself
points out, they are the baskets in which are kept these loaves and fishes and
Darren Carlson is the Founder and President of Training Leaders International. As President, Darren oversees the general direction of the ministry and serves as an advocate for pastors with little access to formal training and thoughtful cross-cultural theological engagement. You can connect with him on Facebook and Twitter.