Luther’s famous “Here I Stand” speech that launched Protestantism, responded to the Emperor’s demand that Luther recant his writings. Luther refused saying, some of his books attacked “… popery and assail[ed] men who have afflicted the Christian world and the bodies and souls of other men. If I were to recant those, I should be a cloak that covers evil.” Not nice.
How ironic, 500 years later that a cheapened version of Luther’s “grace alone” should now become the “cloak that covers evil” and Roman Catholics the chief resistance. Luther professed his “conscience bound by the text of the Bible”. His heirs, like spoiled trust fund children, recant that heritage to license their own self-indulgence. Grace without repentance hardens the heart and assures destruction. Preaching grace and pandering are opposites.