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Luther quotes after the jump:
â€œWhenever the devil harasses you, seek the company of men or drink more, or joke and talk nonsense, or do some other merry thing. Sometimes we must drink more, sport, recreate ourselves, and even sin a little to spite the devil, so that we leave him no place for troubling our consciences with trifles. We are conquered if we try too conscientiously not to sin at all. So when the devil says to you: do not drink, answer him: I will drink, and right freely, just because you tell me not to.â€ -Martin Luther in a letter to Jerome Weller, 1530
â€œListen to the Word of God, which says, â€˜Keep sane and sober,â€™ that it may not be said to you in vain. You must not be pigs; neither do such belong among Christians. So also in 1 Cor. 6: No drunkard, whoremonger, or adulterer can be saved. Do not think that you are saved if you are a drunken pig day and night. this is a great sin, and everybody should know that this is such a great iniquity, that it makes you guilty and excludes you from eternal life. Everybody should know that such a sin is contrary to his baptism and hinders his faith and his salvation.â€
Sermon on Soberness and Moderation (1539) LW 51:293-4