11 January 2007

Old Lutheran Quote of the Day

But how can a Christian sacrifice himself? He does this when, by the power of the Holy Spirit, he daily and even hourly kills everything evil that is in and of him, and lays at God's feet everything that is good. When he notices in himself the desires of the eyes, that is, anything earthly, covetousness, and avarice, he immediately seeks to be rid of them. When he senses in himself the desires of the flesh - lust, craving for pleasure, and love for a comfortable life - he strives to root them out. When he finds arrogance in himself, that is, desire for his own glory, pride, haughtiness, and self-satisfaction, he takes great pains to rip this weed out of his heart. In short, when he is daily intent upon becoming free of all his sins, sinful longings, emotions and thoughts, then and only then does he live before God as a spiritual priest who sacrifices to Him. - C. F. W. Walther

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4 comments:

Anastasia Theodoridis said...

"In short, when he is daily intent upon becoming free of all his sins, sinful longings, emotions and thoughts, then and only then does he live before God as a spiritual priest who sacrifices to Him."

Now it you consider that for the Orthodox, to be saved precisely means to "live before God as a spiritual priest who sacrifices to Him," you'll see exactly why we say "works", such as those Walther describes, are necessary for it.

It has nothing to do with "works salvation."

Anastasia

William Weedon said...

Anastasia, I understand, I think, what Orthodoxy teaches on this, and in this area, I suspect we just talk past each other. But please, if you've EVER seen a picture of the good C. F. W. you'd understand why Lutherans just couldn't go around kissing icons... ; )

Check it out:

Walther

A godly old man, and a great man in so many ways, but well, not terribly kissable.

Fr. Hank said...

If clergy salary packages were what they should have been, the poor man could have afforded a good set of choppers.

Jim Roemke said...

the ziege-bart doesn't help much. Wonder what he sounded like.