The best state of the church

Whenever the true message of the cross is abolished, the anger of hypocrites and heretics eases … and all things are in peace. This is a sure token that the devil is guarding the entry of that house, and that the pure doctrine of God’s Word has been taken away. The church, then, is in the best state when Satan assaileth it on every side … both with subtle sleights, and outright violence. And, likewise, it is in the worst state, when it is most at peace!

— Martin Luther