"Sin is essentially a departure from God." -Martin Luther

Which work does this quote come from?

  • Earliest published versions in Internet Archive: 1875 and 1877 (Both attributed to Luther without citation) Commented Jan 17, 2019 at 18:56

2 Answers 2


According to God is for Us: 52 Readings from Romans, by Simon Ponsonby: "During the Diet of Augsburg Luthor wrote to Melancthon, 'Sin is essentially a departure from God.'" Quote is credited in that book to Watchwords for the Warfare of Life, Vol. 1, T. Nelson and Sons.

eBook URL: God is for Us


Luther's commentary on Genesis 3:9:

That is the very nature of sin, the farther a man departs from God the farther he wants to depart. And thus the man who has once departed and apostasized from God goes on departing and departing to all eternity.

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .