[quote=dhgray]YES But he did try to rejoin the Catholic Church later in life.
No he did not try to rejoin the Catholic Church. Luther’s death was recorded by the eye-witnesses Justus Jonas and Michael Coelius, the court preacher in Mansfield. At his death, the Protestants at the time that were with him by his death bed called for an artist. The artist sketched Luther’s face because it was widely believed in both Catholic and Lutheran circles that if someone had a painful or horrified look on their face at death it was a sign that they were suffering in hell.
Luther did express dismay at every fool in the book grabbing hold of Sola Scriptura and believing that they were the Pope. Luther did not mean such things when he spoke of Sola Scriptura – but that is another thread and has been spoken of to the point that there is little else to say.
Luther’s last words written on a piece of paper are from February 16 and were: "Virgil’s shepherd poems cannot be understood, except by one who has been a shepherd for five years. Virgil’s poetry about agriculture cannot be understood, except by one who has been a farmhand for five years. Cicero’s letters cannot be understood, except by one who has participated and lived within a large community for 25 years. The Holy Scriptures do not have a satisfactory taste for me or anyone else, unless he has spent 100 years ruling a community as the prophets Elijah and Elisha, John the Baptist, Christ and the Apostles.