John Eck asks Luther again, “Martin--answer candidly and without horns--do you or do you not repudiate your books and the errors which they contain?”
Luther famously responds,
“Your Imperial Majesty and Your Lordships demand a simple answer. Here it is, plain and unvarnished. Unless I am convicted of error by the testimony of Scripture or by manifest reasoning - since I put no trust in the unsupported authority of Pope or councils, since it is plain that they have often erred and often contradicted themselves - I stand convicted by the Scriptures to which I have appealed, and my conscience is taken captive by God's word, I cannot and will not recant anything, for to act against our conscience is neither safe for us, nor open to us. On this I take my stand. I can do no other. God help me. Amen.”
After promised safe conduct on the way from the Diet (Imperial Meeting) of Worms…Luther stops to preach in various places, including at his grandmother’s church and is ultimately kidnapped by his friends - ordered by his Elector & Prince Frederick the Wise - and taken to the Warburg Castle.
There, being an outlaw and consequently could be killed by anyone with impunity, was reluctantly protected, and in turn writes his very influential German New Testament - among other works.